The Department of Gender, under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, had organised a day’s workshop for media personnel in the Southern sector of the country on Friday, to educate them on the 2015 National Gender Policy.
The event, which was attended by about 30 journalists from the Volta, Eastern, Central and Greater Accra regions was on the theme: “Mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment into Ghana’s development efforts.”
The participants were also sensitise to their roles in supporting the policy.
The Acting Director of the Department of Gender, Mrs. Comfort Asare, said gender equality and women empowerment were strategies for the reduction of poverty, social injustices among women and men.
She said this would help improve health standards and enhance efficiency in the public and private sector investments.
Mrs Asare said achieving gender equality was regarded as the attainment of human rights and a pre-requisite for sustainable development, which all countries were expected to achieve by 2030.
According to her, Ghana had commenced the process of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the national development framework.
Mrs. Asare said, Ghana would strengthen its institutional capacity, to promote the enforcement of gender laws and provision of related services, and ensure that adequate resources were available to build a resilient economic environment.
She said it would also consolidate gains made on poverty reduction in order to secure women’s financial inclusion and continue to devise innovative programmes that would ensure gender equality.
Mr Asare indicated that the workshop was to galvanise support from the media to prioritise gender equality and women empowerment programmes.
She urged Ghanaians “to advocate women empowerment, by providing platforms for discussions on gender equality and women empowerment.”
Mrs Asare said the overarching goal of the policy was to mainstream gender equality concerns into the national development processes, by improving the social, legal, civic, political, economic and socio-cultural conditions of Ghanaians, especially those concerning women, girls, the vulnerable and people with disability and special needs.
“The media is one of the stakeholders expected to take strategic policy actions to address bottlenecks and barriers and critical issues existing alongside the successes,” she stated.
Mr. Gideon Hosu-Porbley, a consultant, said the 64-page document was hinged on the challenges to gender equality and women’s empowerment, the policy goal, objectives and principles, policy frameworks, commitments and strategies, institutional and implementation framework and monitoring and evaluation.
Mr. Hosu-Porbley said through reviews and national consultations, it was identified that violence against women, inadequate basic social services, slow implementation and enforcement of laws, limited attention and aspirations of women with disability, conceptual clarification of gender equality in public sector were some of the challenges hindering the achievements of gender equality.
He urged participants at the workshop to study the document and educate Ghanaians on the policy through their various media platforms.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu